12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
Verse 12 forms part of a more significant quotation (vv. 11-13) used by Paul that is part of a baptismal ceremony. The quote sets forth four concepts; the first two concepts are positive (vv. 11a and 12a). Verse 11a expresses the idea of baptism and not martyrdom for Christ. Verse 12a represents the believer’s identification with Christ by drawing a contrast between suffering and glorification. The last two concepts are negative (12b and 13a). Verse 12b talks about people who ultimately reject Jesus. Instead of identifying them with Christ (as the rite of baptism) they dissociate themselves with Christ. Verse 13a speaks specifically about believers and Christ’ ultimate love and faithfulness towards us.
Let these words encourage us to endure in our faith, let us continue to identify ourselves with Christ, and take heart when we sometimes lack in faith, because Christ will always remain faithful to us. Let us not use this great news as an excuse but instead let it spur us on to become more like Him.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Short prayers for the day, “Jesus; let me see you”, “God, I belong to you”, “Holy Spirit, come”.